The huge sport

Who: Penn Cambria at Central, 7 p.m.

Radio: MIX 94.7-FM

Records: Both groups are 4-0 total and within the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Coaches: Nick Felus is 15-38 in six seasons, together with 8-15 in three years at Penn Cambria and 7-23 in three seasons at Altoona. Dave Baker is 211-207-11 in 41 seasons, together with 85-37 in 10 years at Central and 126-170-11 in 31 years at Williamsburg.

Last week: Penn Cambria gained, 41-14 at Somerset. Central gained at dwelling, 49-13 over Central Cambria.

By John Hartsock

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The Central High School soccer group’s first season within the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference is getting into a pivotal juncture.

The Scarlet Dragons host Penn Cambria in a matchup of unbeaten 4-0 convention groups at 7 p.m. tonight on the Roaring Spring Athletic Field.

Over the next two weeks, Central will go to defending District 6 Class 2A champ Richland on Oct. 1 and host returning PIAA Class 3A state semifinalist Bedford on Oct. 8 in convention showdowns.

The outcomes of these video games will go a great distance in figuring out whether or not Central can win the LHAC championship this season.

“I’d say for us that the next three weeks is going to determine whether we will win the conference this year, because we will be playing the teams that have the best records so far,” Central coach Dave Baker mentioned.

“And without a doubt, Penn Cambria is the best team that we’ve played to date this season,” Baker added.

Tonight’s sport is huge for Penn Cambria as effectively. Like Central, the Panthers are 4-0 in convention play.

“It seems like Richland, Bedford, Central and us will be playing each other during this stretch of schedule,” Penn Cambria coach Nick Felus mentioned. “Heading into this a part of our schedule is large for us.

“We knew that when Central joined the Laurel Highlands Conference this year that they are the returning District (6 Class 3A) champions, so we’re definitely excited about this challenge that we’re going to face against them Friday night. We have an opportunity to go there and compete, and to see what we can do.”

Both groups characteristic excellent junior quarterbacks who’re the centerpieces of their offensive assaults.

Penn Cambria’s Garrett Harrold is a three-sport star who stands 6-feet-3 and is a twin menace each operating and passing the ball.

Harrold has accomplished 45 of 76 passes for 723 yards and 7 touchdowns, whereas dashing for a team-leading 589 yards on 58 carries and 6 scores.

Returning all-state choice Jeff Hoenstine spearheads a Central offense that has averaged over 47 factors a sport. The rifle-armed Hoenstine has accomplished 61 of 84 passes for 1,070 yards and 19 touchdowns, whereas throwing only one interception.

Both coaches may have their eyes on the opposing quarterback.

“Obviously, Hoenstine is an outstanding football player,” Felus mentioned. “He not solely has the flexibility to increase performs, however he does such a very good job earlier than the ball is snapped, understanding the place to go together with the soccer.

“He has a quick release and he has a lot of playmakers that he can spread the ball around to,” Felus added. “There’s not just one receiver that he’s looking to go to when he passes the ball.”

Indeed, Central has three receiving targets — sophomore Hunter Smith (17 catches for 199 yards and 4 touchdowns), senior Parker Gregg (13-247-2) and junior Eli Lingenfelter (10-251-4) who’ve double-figure reception totals. Gregg can be Central’s main rusher with 393 yards on 35 carries and 4 TDS.

Senior wideout Devon Boyles, who stands 6-feet-5, has eight catches for 169 yards and 5 touchdowns, and senior tight finish Ethan Eicher has seven receptions for 134 yards and 4 scores.

With Harrold on the controls, Penn Cambria’s offense can be fairly potent, averaging over 34 factors per sport, and scoring over 40 factors in each of its final two outings.

“Their main offensive threat is their quarterback Harrold,” Baker mentioned. “He can both pass and run, and over the last couple of weeks, he’s been doing a lot of running with a couple hundred yards rushing both weeks. He’s obviously a good passer, but the key for us will be stopping his running game. If we can do that, it will help our chances a lot.”

Junior again Zach Grove has rushed for 334 yards on 48 carries and 5 touchdowns for Penn Cambria, whereas catching 11 passes for 224 yards and three TDS. Seniors Zach Broad (11 catches, 116 yards) and Cole Eberhart (10 catches, 148 yards, two touchdowns) are additionally huge elements of Penn Cambria’s passing sport.

Felus has been happy together with his group’s dashing assault behind an offensive line that features middle Ryan McGonigle, guards Mason Raymond and Andrew Wyland, and tackles Nick White and Kayden Logan, with H-back Vinnie Chirdon additionally offering blocking assist.

Grove, like the remainder of his Penn Cambria teammates, is relishing the problem that Central will pose.

“Coming into this game at 4-0, we are really feeling it,” mentioned Grove, a three-year starter on each offense and protection. “We know that Central is going to be a tough game, but we really do think that we have a good shot against them, and we’re going to come into the game ready to win.”

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